Not my headline:Chiefs can take a hop, skip ‘n jump
ATHLETICS chiefs have failed in their bid to persuade triple-jump ace Phillips Idowu not to pull out of this weekend's European Team Championships.
World champion and Olympic silver medallist Idowu insisted last week that he would not be travelling to Stockholm - despite being named in the 52 strong British squad and having asked for a flight to be booked hours earlier.
Head coach Charles van Commenee has spoken to Idowu in a bid to persuade him to travel and boost Britain's chances of getting on the podium at the team competition.
But UK Athletics have been forced to concede defeat and confirm that Idowu would not now be travelling to Sweden for the two-day championships which start on Saturday.
Idowu, who will defend his world title in South Korea this summer, has missed competing for his country at the last two championships - the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the European Indoors in Paris.
He again told UK Athletics officials via Twitter that he was not going to Delhi.
Fellow triple-jumper Nathan Douglas is already out for the whole of the season after suffering a freak accident in training last week.
Idowu did compete at the Diamond League meeting in New York last weekend, when he beat French arch-rival Teddy Tamgho in the wind and rain.
Idowu posted a leap of 17.59m in Rome last month, an effort bettered by the 17.67m world-leading mark set by Tamgho last weekend.
Idowu, who beat Tamgho to European gold in Barcelona last summer, insists he is focused on closing the gap on Jonathan Edward's long-standing world record of 18.29m this year rather than winning medals and his main target is still gold at the London Olympics.http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sp ... nship.html